Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For March 3, 2008 - March 10, 2008
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Mrs. Anna Lucretia Johnson, age 87 of Webster, previously of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2008 in the Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Johnson was born September 29, 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota and was a long time resident in Houston and Lovelady. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Sagemont Church in Houston where she was a Sunday School Teacher and involved in the C. R. O. P. Ministry. Mrs. Johnson was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Lovelady where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and involved in the Young at Hearts.
Survivors include her daughters Mary Lou Adams and husband Charlie, of Weldon, Jeanna Sue Young and husband Charles, of Alvin; grandchildren Crystal Sharp and husband Tim, of DeQueen, Ark., Donna Smith and husband Kenny, of Lovelady, Melvin Johnson, of Texarkana, Pamela Adams and Darryl Wooley, of Austonio, Christy Young and fiancé Glenn Cobb, of Pearland, Bradley Johnson, of Texarkana, Charles Young, Jr., of Pearland, Stacy Thomas and husband Ronnie, of Pearland; great-grandchildren Lauren, Katie, Taylor, Jordan, Joe, Erin, Texas, Jonathan, Timothy, Mayson and Mason; brother Archibald Cargile and wife Pat, of Anderson, Calif.; daughter-in-law Dana Johnson, of DeQueen, Ark.
Preceded in death by her husband Samuel E. Johnson; father and mother Chesley and Hazel Ruth Cargile; step-mother Stella Akerman Cargile; son F. Melvin Johnson; step brother Clyde Bowman; and step-sister Kathrine Talbert.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Anna Lucretia Johnson were held Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Scott Matthews and the Rev. Rex. Forsyth officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sagemont Church Ministries or Lovelady First Baptist Church Ministries.
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Mrs. Augusta Nettles McCullar, age 94 passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2008 in the Stephenville Nursing Home, Stephenville, Texas where her daughter lives. Mrs. McCullar was born August 31, 1913 in Houston County, Texas. Mrs. McCullar lived in Creek, finished High School in Midway and moved to Houston during her teen years and moved back to Crockett in 1967. Mrs. McCullar married Joel C. McCullar in 1931 who preceded her in death May 26, 1957. A retired business woman she owned and operated several businesses in Houston, Madison, Walker, Angelina and Harris Counties.  In her later years she was instrumental in helping to start the Senior Citizens Center of Houston County where she served for a while as director and later on Board of Directors. Her last employment was as Area Supervisor of 11 counties for the Senior Texas Mrs. McCullar was a member of the Central Baptist Church, Past Worthy Matron and a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 509 of Crockett, Past most Excellent Chief of the Phythian Sisters Temple Number 15 of Crockett and Past Grand Musician of Grand Temple of Texas Phythian Sisters.  Music was a great part of her life.  Mrs. McCullar taught singing school and gave music lessons.  Early on she and her husband sang with The Stamps Quartet and later sang with her sisters as the Nettles Sisters Quartet. 
Survivors include her only child Sandra McCullar Pyburn and husband Clifton, of Stephenville; grandchildren Marla Rambin and husband Ricky, of Lake Livingston, Shawndra Graham and husband Randy, of Lewisville, Shawn Snell of Lewisville; Nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a very special great-niece, Debbie Rucker of Crockett, who did so much for her during her stay at Whitehall Nursing Home; and a host of other relatives and friends
Preceded in death by her husband Joel C. McCullar; parents J. H. (Tebe) and Cora Nettles; brothers Watt, Jessie, and Ed Nettles; and sisters Blanche McCullar and Ethel Marks.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Augusta Nettles McCullar were held Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Charles Goodson officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery.
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Mrs. Ella Frances Mainer Dodd, age 102 years, 11 months of Lovelady, TX passed away at 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2008. Mrs. Dodd was the widow of James Bard Dodd. Mrs. Dodd was born March 24, 1905 in Lovelady to Thomas Nelms Mainer and Martha "Mattie" Kyle Williams Mainer, and was the oldest of seven children. Upon graduating from Lovelady High School, she attended Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, TX and Baylor University in Waco, TX. 
Mrs. Dodd’s first teaching job was at Camp Letcher, a lumber camp near Conroe, TX., and then taught High School English in Yoakum, TX. Mrs. Dodd met James Bard Dodd in Yoakum, and they married in Lovelady on June 8, 1932. He passed away on September 18, 2001 in Lovelady.  Mrs. Dodd taught school in Cuero, TX and New Braunfels, TX where she retired in 1961. 
Mrs. Dodd and Bard then moved to Lovelady where they went into the grocery and general merchandise business with her sister, Margaret Muenker. They sold the store and retired in 1972. Mrs. Dodd was interested in many things. 
Mrs. Dodd was a member of the Baptist Church, was a Sunday school teacher, and the church pianist and organist in Yoakum, Cuero, Houston, New Braunfels and Lovelady. Mrs. Dodd was a member of garden clubs and literary clubs and helped start the Yoakum town library. Mrs. Dodd was on the Evergreen Cemetery Committee in Lovelady.
Helping her father with family history, she became very interested in genealogy. Mrs. Dodd joined the Houston County Historical Society and the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Crockett, Texas. Mrs. Dodd compiled several books of wills and marriages for the DAR. Mrs. Dodd was a co-editor for the "Lovelady, Texas Centennial - 1872-1972" book, and wrote several articles on different families for the "History of Houston County, Texas 1687-1979" book. Mrs. Dodd published her father's works "Houston County in the Civil War", and compiled and published a Mainer family history and a Nelms family history. At the present time, the Lovelady, Texas Centennial book is being upgraded, and the new book will be dedicated to Ella Frances Mainer Dodd for all her contributions in genealogy and history of the Lovelady area.
Survivors include her daughter Martha Lynn, wife of Nick Gass, Jr., of New Braunfels; sons James Barney Dodd and Eugene Mainer Dodd, of Lovelady; grandchildren Janice Lynn Gass Baucum and husband Brent Baucum, of Cibolo, Linda Kaye Gass, of Austin, James Michael Gass, of New Braunfels, Michael Wayne Dodd and wife Brenda Joyce, of Colonial Heights, Va. Jeffrey Michael Louis and wife Dallas, of Spring, James Brian Dodd IV and wife Amy, of Tomball, Toby John Dodd, of Lafayette, La. and Sandy Marie Dodd Price and husband Marshall, of Mobile, Ala.; great-grandchildren Brandi Le Dodd-Goetz, of Hutchinson, Kan., Ethan Michael Louis, Emma Kaye Louis and Elliott Walker Louis, of Spring, and Madison Bailey Dodd, of Tomball; sisters Lucile Mainer Boyd, of Harleton, Pollyanna Mainer McEldowney, of Olathe, Kan.; brother-in-law Roger Helm, of New Braunfels; sister-in-law Floy Scott Mainer Vance, of Atlanta, Ga.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceded in death by her parents Thomas Nelms Mainer and Martha “Mattie” Kyle Williams Mainer; her brothers and sisters Margaret Mainer Muenker and husband Emmett W. Muenker, Thomas Nelms Mainer Jr., Daniel Southerland Mainer, and Elsie Beth Mainer Helm; sister-in-laws Winnie Dodd Hiltz, Ted Dodd Karasek; and brother-in-law Barney A. Dodd.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Ella Frances Mainer Dodd were held on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Lovelady with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
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Mr. Jerry Monroe Wells, age 67 of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2008 in Herman Memorial City Hospital. Mr. Wells was born September 13, 1940 in Houston and had lived in Oak Forest most of his lifetime. Mr. Wells owned and operated a service station and was a member of the Lovelady First United Methodist Church. Mr. Wells was an avid Houston Astros Fan.
Survivors include his daughters Gina Lea Upshaw and husband Wesley, of Katy, Kari Lyn Etzler and husband Travis, of Hallettsville; grandchildren Kyle, Cade, Madeline, Allison and Bret; sister Cindy Smith, of The Woodlands; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by parents Weldon and Alta Wells; nephew Jimmy Miller; grandson Justin Richerson; sister Darlene Miller; and brother-in-law James Miller.
Funeral Services for Mr. Jerry Monroe Wells were held Friday, February 29, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lovelady First United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Montgomery officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vitas Hospice, 4848 Loop Central Dr., Suite 650, Houston, TX.   77081.
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